When you try to update Windows 10 to Windows 11 or do a clean install of Windows 11, you may come across an error message: “This PC cannot run Windows 11”. It occurs when installing Windows 11. Why is this message displayed? Because your computer probably does not have the minimum configuration for Windows 11 which is more demanding than before: your PC must be equipped with a TPM 2.0 security chip, a compatible 64-bit processor, 4 GB of RAM etc.
Fortunately, there are solutions to get past this error message and install Windows 11 on your computer. For example, it is possible that your computer is well equipped with a TPM 2.0 but that this one is not activated in UEFI. And for those who do not have the minimum requirements, there are solutions to bypass this message and force the installation of Windows 11. In this tutorial, we are going to see how to fix the “This PC cannot run Windows 11” error message when upgrading to Windows 11 or installing Windows 11.
Fix “This PC cannot run Windows 11”
Before you start, check if your PC is compatible. The PC Health Check application or WhyNotWin11 will let you know if your PC is compatible or not with Windows 11 and if so, which components are faulty. Depending on the results, apply the following solutions.
Activate TPM in UEFI
Windows 11 requires a computer to have a TPM 2.0 security chip installed. Without this chip, the installation of Windows 11 is blocked and the error message “This PC cannot run Windows 11” is displayed. Check if your computer is equipped with a TPM 2.0. If this is the case, make sure that the TPM is enabled in the UEFI configuration.
Activate Secure Boot in UEFI
Windows 11 also requires the Secure Boot option to be enabled in UEFI. If Secure Boot is not enabled, the installation of Windows 11 is blocked and the error message “This PC cannot run Windows 11” is displayed. Go to the UEFI settings and check if Secure Boot is enabled.
Bypass “This PC Can’t Run Windows 11”
To install Windows 11 on a computer without TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot and work around the “This PC cannot run Windows 11” error message, one trick is to create values in the registry in WinPE, the pre-environment. installation of Windows 11, in order to bypass the TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot verification.
To find out how to follow these instructions:
- Create a Windows 11 installation USB key.
- Start your PC from the Windows 11 installation USB key.
- Open the command prompt by pressing the keys simultaneously.
Shift + F10
- Open Registry Editor by entering regedit and then Enter.
- Navigate to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ Setup
- Right-click on the Setup key> New> Key.
- Name the key LabConfig.
- Right-click on the LabConfig key> New> 32-bit DWORD Value.
- Name the value BypassTPMCheck with 1 then hit Enter (this value will disable TPM 2.0 checking).
- Right-click on the LabConfig key> New> DWORD value (32-bit).
- Name the value BypassSecureBootCheck with 1 then hit Enter (this value will disable SecureBoot checking).
- To bypass the 4 GB RAM requirement, you can also create a BypassRAMCheck value in the same way.
- Close Registry Editor and then close Command Prompt.
- You can now continue installing Windows 11 on a computer without TPM 2.0 or SecureBoot!
That’s it, you have successfully worked around the “This PC cannot run Windows 11” error message while installing Windows 11 by modifying the registry!
You may also get the error message “This PC cannot run Windows 11” while upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11. The WinPass11 application allows to bypass the checks performed by Microsoft and force the installation of Windows 11 on a Windows 10 PC.
Use a backwards-compatible Windows 11 ISO
To install Windows 11 or to update Windows 10 to Windows 11 on any computer, even those that do not meet Microsoft’s hardware requirements, the ultimate solution is to create a backwards-compatible Windows 11 ISO.